Highline Canal Trail - Running

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This 66-mile trail is a go-to destination for visitors and locals alike. It stretches throughout Denver, and offers runners, walkers, and cyclists a great outlet for tailoring whatever distance a jaunt they so choose.

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Aaron Bible


66.0 miles

The trail is 66 miles long, so runners can make their runs as long or short as they want.

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

1 - 4 Hours


All Seasons

Year Round

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


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Highline Canal



The Highline Canal is a classic exploration for visitors and locals alike. The great thing about it: it’s a trail stretching 66-miles throughout the city of Denver, and you can run as short or long of a distance as desired. 

What Makes It Great

For conversation's sake, begin at the Mamie D Eisenhower Park, roughly in the middle of the 66 mile stretch that runs from Cherry Creek to Chatfield Reservoir. Park in the parking lot there and head south through Magna Park, Three Pond Park, Dahila Hollow Park and continue to the Marjorie Perry Nature Preserve. Conversely, head north into the lovely University Hills and Cherry Creek. Use a sports watch to track your time and distance. Both casual cruisers and mountain bikers that frequent the trail need to be aware that there are a lot of burs on the trail that could potentially cause puncture flats. They can also get stuck in your animals paws and fur, so look out for this -- that goes for dogs and horses. (It’s a common occurrence for any disturbed/regrowth area like a canal trail.) Denver’s Highline was completed in 1883 and is currently designated a National Landmark Trail. It’s easy to escape your worries on this in-town treasure. As you explore, don’t be surprised by zigs and zags and many natural and historic surprises such as turn of the century artifacts and wildlife.

Who is Going to Love It

City runners rejoice, you can make this trail as adventurous or brief as you wish!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Mamie D. Eisenhower is found in downtown at 4300 E Dartmouth Ave, Denver, CO 80222; this is just one of many places to grab the trail. 

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Highline Canal Trail

4300 East Dartmouth Avenue
Denver, CO, 80211
39.659558, -104.937106

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